Vacant house

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This is elementary but still I see this over looked time and time again. A vacant home needs to have the utilites on! Gas could be an issue and as long as it is not the only heating system then that is fine to have it off during the colder months and definalty off during the warmer months.  The thermostate should be set so the home is confortable when the potential buyer/tenant enters the home. Remember first impressions are lasting impressions.  If the home is inviting and comfortable people can begin to see themselves living there. The home should create a feeling of comfort as soon as they walk in the door.  A few little extras you can do that cost next to nothing are things like keep toilet paper on the holders in each bathroom and add a throw rug and hand towel to each bathroom. It's nice to have a basket in the kitchen with papertowels, mints and  your contact info. To go that extra mile you could have bottles of water in the frig with a sign saying help yourself, make yourself at home!. Go ahead and give them the feeling of home so when they tour the next location and that person does not have anything special for them, your home will have the lasting impression!  

Comments (12)

Crystal Corr
Keller Williams Greenville Central - Simpsonville, SC

Welcome to Active Rain. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. You will meet alot of great people and get to see alot of great ideas. Happy Blogging.

Jun 20, 2008 03:12 AM
Elizabeth Ward Small
REALTOR & CEO The 3B Method Seminars - Burlington, NC

When going to take pictures of a listing recently, the temperature in the house was 92 degrees...92 DEGREES!!! Sellers are ok with turning the air on, but some argue with you.

Jun 20, 2008 03:17 AM
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

If you can't stage the home at least make it the right temperature.

Jun 20, 2008 03:24 AM
Cindy- OPS

I know sometimes the owners are very difficult. All we can do is stress that the guest needs to be comfortable and that really if you leave the thermostaton a reasonable temp the utility bill on average is the same as turning it up and down. But still the main point is that it makes a lasting impression on the guest.  I explain it this way, if a guest walks in and  thinks  this house is really hot I bet it cost a lot to cool it down! Verses thinking, wow it feels good in here I bet they have great insulation!  What people think is what they believe regardless of what the reality is!

Jun 20, 2008 03:24 AM
Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate

Welcome to the Active Rain community. You have chosen a great site with tons of information you can learn from.

Jun 20, 2008 05:23 AM

Hi Dwayne,

Good to hear from an agent in the Cumming area! It is a fantastic area to be in.  I would like to see your lisitings. If you have any investor deals I may be able to find a buyer for you.





Jun 20, 2008 06:13 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

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Jun 20, 2008 08:34 AM
Connie Rice
Keller Williams Greenville Central - Simpsonville, SC
Connie Rice & Partners - Greenville, SC Real Estat

We see this a lot as well!! I guess sellers are the same no matter where you are. Welcome to active rain. I hope you enjoy yourself and make some great contacts. Seems like you already are. Happy Blogging!

Jun 20, 2008 12:44 PM

Lease Options- somtimes a lease option can save a deal for an agent.  It is better to make something than to loose the deal altogether. If you have a lisiting that just will not move and the owners need out quickly, go ahead and talk with them about a lease option. It is a great tool in this market.  Everyone wins, the home owner will get close to asking price, agent gets paid, tenant gets a great home, everyones happy! At  we help agents with listings that are about to expire. We know how to structure the deal and how to find good Lease Option tenants.  The real estate market today is just amazing.  It gives investors, agents and home owners a chance to become creative inorder to obtain the outcome they desire. Have fun in this market it's a playground full of adventures!

Jun 21, 2008 08:02 AM
Peg Gilliland
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
Broker, GRI, CDPE

I see that you are new to Active Rain and I just wanted to welcome you. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do and that you find it a great resource.

Jun 26, 2008 01:49 PM
cindy baker- finding tenants all over ga

Thank you so much. I have found this site to be very useful.



Jun 27, 2008 12:15 AM
Neal Barnes
Starstate Realty - Killeen, TX

Hi Cindy  -  Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look forward to reading your future post.  Have a great day!!!

Oct 14, 2008 05:28 PM